It is expected that every person responsible for a team and each and every spectator and player will support the referee crew. This support is essential to the proper play of the game and to the development of our players. Failure to support the referees, especially by the person (s) responsible for the team, undermines the authority of the referee, sets a bad example, especially for the players, and can rapidly escalate into a hostile, negative game environment which is entirely inconsistent with the sportsmanship goals BAYS is trying to promote. Therefore, the basic rule is that persons responsible for a team and spectators will not address members of the referee crew at all during or after the play of the game.
- Persons Responsible for a Team
During the play of the game, the persons responsible for the team should not say anything to the referee, nor should they do anything that in any way conveys any criticism of the referee. Exceptions to this are when the person is responding to a communication initiated by the referee, making a substitution, or pointing out an emergency safety issue. Coaches may ask questions before the start of the game. Coaches may not approach the referee at half time or at the end of the game. Coaches who have concerns about a referee’s officiating may express those concerns by filing a game feedback report that will be routed to the BAYS Referee Director(s) as well as the hometown Referee Assignor. They may not express those concerns directly to any member of the referee crew.
BAYS recommends that the center referee deal with infractions of this rule in the following manner:
The referee should use their knowledge of the rules of the game relating to cautions and ejections to handle the actions of the persons responsible for the teams on the sideline. If initial warnings about comments or behavior are not heeded, the referee should consider whether further action is warranted to resolve the situation, which may include issuing a caution followed by dismissal for continued violations. Furthermore, noting a zero tolerance violation in the game report per the BAYS guidelines is recommended.
Spectators should not say anything to the referee, nor should they do anything that in any way conveys any criticism of the referee. Exceptions to this are when the spectator is responding to a communication initiated by the referee or pointing out an emergency safety issue. BAYS recommends that the center referee deal with infractions of this rule in the following manner:
As to the first infraction, the referee should stop the game and ask the person responsible for the team to quiet the offending spectator.
As to the second infraction, the referee should stop the game and ask the person responsible for the team to warn the spectator that the next infraction will result in the spectator being asked to leaving the field; otherwise the referee will abandon the game and file a report with the club and BAYS.
As to the third infraction, the referee should instruct the person responsible for the team to direct the spectator to leave the field. If the spectator does not leave, the referee should abandon the game and file his/her report.
The referee may need the assistance of the responsible persons from both teams if the spectator is not affiliated with either team.